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Teri S

Teri S

USA

I like scuba diving, tennis, traveling.

Jun022013

Tour/Activity

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The tour had 15 people and at times, we had difficulty hearing our guide, Marc, when we stopped to hear about different historic landmarks. A smaller group would have been better.
When we were in the tasting room or a bar, the commentary was easy to hear and very informative. The beer/food pairings were very good, and we enjoyed the detailed explanations.
Marc offered restaurant and other food stops that we should try.

My Photos

  • Beer Paired with Food

May272013

Tour/Activity

Paris City Segway Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wish I could give this tour more than 5 stars. My husband loved the tour. Our guide, Moko (from NZ), was excellent. He provided the right amount of travel and commentary as we traveled around Paris.
We stopped to see several of the historic sites on our tour.
I would highly recommend this tour to all my friends.

My Photos

  • Louvre stop

May262013

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

My husband and I had the 2-day ticket so we could spend time on the four tours offered.
The brochure says that buses stop every 15 minutes, but on the Sunday morning we started we found that buses were more like 20-30 minutes.
The bus stop at the Eiffel Tower was chaotic. About 25 people bought tickets and the bus driver was responsible for the transactions, so we waited there almost 30 minutes. The bus agency needs to have an additional person selling tickets at the stop or helping on the bus.
At the Invalides stop, we waited 25 minutes to switch from a Green line to an Orange line bus.
The audio portion is okay, but not in line with the stops and landmarks. Static mars the audio also.
A large demonstration in Paris on the first day interrupted our plans. The bus company posted signs that some delays would occur, but we waited 45 minutes at a stop near the Pantheon and no bus came. We walked to Notre Dame and finally got on a bus at 2:45, but then the driver made everyone get off the bus. He announced that the all buses were quitting for the day.The demonstration disrupted our plans, and we didn't visit the two other museums we had planned to see.
If you are able to walk, I would recommend taking the Metro and going directly to the historic landmarks or museums that you want to see. I didn't think the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus was worth the price. I have taken the bus in other cities and enjoyed it, but the Paris bus tour is mediocre at best.

Jun042012

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

About 15 minutes early, but we were in the hotel lobby. The trip was straight to the airport with no problems. We've tried the AirFrance shuttle last year and it was an hour late leaving and we had to walk to the location by the Arc de Triomphe. Would recommend the Paris Shuttle.

Jun032012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Angelique was our guide and took us straight through security and to the elevator. She gave us time to use the restroom and look around after we reached the 2nd level. She had good commentary and engaged the group. She went with us to the summit and made sure we all knew how to come down from the top. The line was about 4 hours when we went, so I was very happy not to have to wait in it! Only one elevator was working.

May282012

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our flight arrived about 11 pm, and we had to wait about 25 minutes for the shuttle to reach us. Another passenger was also on a late flight. The driver packed our suitcases in the back. The trip to downtown was quick and without problems.
Last year we used the AirFrance shuttle which was a large bus, and it was difficult to find the pickup point at the airport. Getting back to the airport, the AirFrance shuttle was an hour late leaving.
I definitely preferred the Paris Shuttle and would recommend it to anyone.
To call the shuttle, when we landed, we had to call from the Information desk after picking up our luggage. No pay phones were available in the terminal where we landed. The man at the information desk knew the number for the Paris Shuttle without looking it up. I think he'd called them many times.

May272012

Tour/Activity

Prague in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Finding the tour kiosk in Republic Square was easy. The large van was comfortable, and the driver good.
The tour guide was Terrible. She pointed to buildings and said "There's three pretty buildings." Or "There's a nice fountain." No history or explanation. She also spoke in Russian for a couple on the tour. They looked disinterested in her commentary also.
On the tour, one man fell asleep and snored as we drove through Prague.
I would not recommend this tour. When we toured around the Prague Castle, I saw several tours with people wearing headsets so they could hear their clearly-speaking English guide. I should have asked who was their tour company, so I could post it here.
One day earlier, the Driver who picked us up at the airport and drove us to our hotel gave us a wonderful commentary. Thank goodness, because we didn't get any information from our guide.
If I could give less than 1 star, I would.
The Russian couple left the tour after we walked down the hill from the Prague Castle. My husband and I did the same.
I know this tour has gotten good reviews from others, but our guide ruined it for us.

My Photos

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May262012

Tour/Activity

Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our driver was waiting as promised. He gave us a wonderful "tour" on the way into town to our hotel.
I would recommend the private transfer.
Excellent English and pointed out many historic buildings. Also gave good facts about Prague.

May292011

Tour/Activity

Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The bus tour provided a great look at the Reims area. GH Mumm and Moet and Chandon champagne stops were wonderful. The guides at both stops provided great details about the champagne-making process. The buildings and caverns were impressive.
Our stop at Reims to see the cathedral gave us time to tour the cathedral and walk around the area and get lunch.
The countryside was beautiful, and the route very nice. I would recommend this tour.

May272011

Tour/Activity

Paris Pass

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We picked up our passes at the Hard Rock Cafe and used them a couple days later. The museum pass was included and we used it to visit the top of the Arc de Triomphe, as well as the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay.
A very good bargain. We planned our itinerary prior to using the passes, so we were able to visit many places.

My Photos

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Jun192010

Tour/Activity

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our guide was excellent. The stops at Leeds and Canterbury gave us plenty of time to look around. In the Canterbury Cathedral, a large choir was practicing for the evening performance. The music was wonderful. I'd recommend skipping the tour lunch and stopping to get a bite on your own. At Dover we saw people swimming in the English Channel to prepare for a full-length swim.

Jun182010

Tour/Activity

London Pass

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Whenever we go to London we get the London Pass. We plan our stops prior to our trip and get maximum value with the London Pass. The fast entry to sites is a big plus because you don't have to wait in line for tickets.

Jun172010

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
The wax figures were very good. The layout of the rooms helped the flow of people. On the day we visited, the place was packed with people so we had difficulty getting nice photos. Go early to avoid the crowds.

Jun142010

Tour/Activity

St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The tour was well planned and the guide was top-notch. His humor mixed with interesting facts and made the day fun. We had plenty of time at St. Andrews and also had time at a quaint fishing village and along the firth. Don't miss this tour!

My Photos

  • St. Andrews University

Jun132010

Tour/Activity

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour with Optional Edinburgh Castle Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This is a nice little walk with lots of facts about the Royal Mile. Our guide answered questions and offered tidbits about Edinburgh. The group was not too large, and we moved along the street at a nice pace. Our guide also provided tips on historic places we should visit.

My Photos

  • Writer's Alley

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